When we know that our girls can't join us for Christmas we book Christmas Lunch at our favourite restaurant, Des Alpes. It is owned and run by our friends Monique and Nick, so It is like going to friends for Christmas. Unfortunately it is on the other side of town but only takes 40 mins without delays.
So we drive into town on the M3. It is showery but we don't mind we need the rain. It makes us happy to see the rain.
We pass through the city on the Riverside Express.
We go under the new Karilpa footbridge that causes a lot of discussion as you can see why.
Soon we arrive in Mitchelton and the Restaurant.
It is a set menu so its like a surprise. All the tables have a little nativity scene and a gift of a Chinese Water Bamboo and a bag of Swiss Christmas biscuits.
Soon we had a glass of wine and an appetiser of Chäschüechli (cheese tarts). I was so hungry I chomped one before the photo.
A mixture of entrees. Crisp and delicious.
Turkey and cranberry sauce, ham, tomato spinach pie and potatoes. The meat was moist and melted in your mouth.
There was a buffet of desserts, everyone a delight.
We were full and happy. Monique had placed us under our favourite picture. It is a scene of the village of Spiez, where we stayed on our last trip to Switzerland. It is also very close to where Bill grew up.